Poppy, Zahir (Papaver somniferum) seeds, organic


Family:  Poppy (Papaveraceae)

Generally fall-sown in Zones 7 to 10 and spring-sown in colder zones

(Zahir Poppy)  Overwintering annual or annual.  Purple flowers with dark basal spot give way to giant pods.  Traditional usage (TWM): analgesic. Spread seed on fast-draining soil in fall or very early spring.  For best results, plan the planting of poppies so that they germinate and grow during cool, moist weather and flower and make seed during hot, dry weather.  It takes some years of experimentation to figure out how to do this in the various temperate zones.  Those in southern Oregon strew the seed with the first fall rains and finish seed harvest in June.  Plant prefers full sun and highly nitrogenous, fast-draining soil of neutral pH.

Packet contains 300 seeds
1 g contains ~2,000 seeds
5 g contains ~10,000 seeds
10 g contains ~ 20,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown


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  1. Allegra


    Possibly the most beautiful poppy I’ve ever grown, these grew about 3 feet tall, with the lush, almost succulent blue-green foliage characteristic of somniferum poppies. These bloom freely, and though the flowers only last a day there are multiple blooms per plant. A real show-stopper in the spring garden and one I’ll be planting from now on.

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  2. Richo Cech

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    Note:  Planting and raising up poppies requires the skill and/or luck of knowing when, where and how to plant them.  In the midwest and east I think it probably works best to hit the first spring rains after the last  frost.  It is common to get a lot of reprod from seed that drops during harvest–this is often the most successful method of dissemination.  Poppy cultivation works best when you know how to read the weather.  Timing maturation to occur during hot/dry spells is the best way to go.

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